Library Director Salary (United States)

Library Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and 60 percent have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $52,053 annually, but may range from $25,141 to $93,730 per year. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and 44 percent get vision plans, too. Female Library Directors make up most of the field at 79 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Library Director Salary (?
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$31,606 - $96,771
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MEDIAN: $58,007
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Library Director Salary (?
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$9.55 - $26.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,606 - $96,771  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,131  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,141 - $93,730  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.55 - $26.38  
   
Overtime
$1.25 - $24.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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$0.00 - $8,131  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,141 - $93,730  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Library Director

A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.
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Library Director Tasks
  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Popular Skills for Library Director

Survey takers who work as Library Directors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Budget Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Those listing Cataloging as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people who know Budget Management also know Administration.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Library Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. New salaries start at $36K and reach $49K in five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $60K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Library Directors who have made it this far report earning around $66K per year. In this field, age distribution is widespread: 30 percent of those surveyed report the most experience (more than two decades), and 38 percent have the least experience (one to nine years). 30 percent of respondents fall in the middle, with 10-20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Library Director Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Library Director Salaries

People Management
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National Average
$52,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 17%
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